Robotic Surgery Could Help Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Recently published on WFAA, an article titled, Robotic Surgery could help pancreatic cancer patients has explored the use of robots during surgery for pancreatic cancer patients.

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Dr Mehrdad Nikfarjam, Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Surgeon has made comment on the article below:

Robotic surgery is one of the newer developments in Pancreatic surgery with greatest experience in the USA and can be safely undertaken for highly selected patients with pancreatic tumours.

It is a form of minimally invasive surgery that allows the operator to have a greater freedom of movement than conventional laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery, and similar to that experienced for open surgery.

At present there is no long-term advantage of robotic or even laparoscopic approaches over open surgery in terms of prospects of tumour removal or cure.

There are however potential advantages in reducing wound complications and reducing bleeding. It however takes many cases to learn to do such procedures well.

In regards to pancreatic surgery, the most important determinant of surgical outcomes is the experience of the surgeon in performing the procedure and the hospital supports available.

It is always important that when a patient is facing the need for pancreatic surgery, the experience of the surgical team and their outcomes be the number one consideration, rather than the surgical technique itself.

To read the original article, please click here.

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